Justice Initiative lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international human rights courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all.
German Headscarves Ban
In 2006, several regional governments in Germany adopted laws supposedly to maintain neutrality and peace in the school, but which amount to discrimination against Muslim teachers on grounds of religion.
Marques v. Angola
This case is about freedom of expression, focusing on a journalist who was imprisoned after criticizing the president of Angola.
Williams v. Spain
With Women’s Link Worldwide and SOS-Racismo Madrid, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on behalf of Rosalind Williams regarding a case of racial profiling by a Spanish police officer.
Fadia v. Diakonisches Werk Hamburg
This case is about a woman in Germany whose job application was rejected because she refused to convert to Christianity. She challenged the rejection as religious discrimination.
Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) et al
The Justice Initiative seeks the public release by U.S. government agencies of all documents related to the brutal murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident writer and editor, and a U.S. permanent resident.
Mhlungwana v. the State and the Minister of Police
Protestors successfully argued that it was unconstitutional for South African law to make the failure to give prior notice of a demonstration a crime.
Da Cunha v. Yahoo de Argentina SRL and Another
The court is asked to determine whether two search engines are liable for natural search results that are alleged to infringe the claimant’s privacy and reputational interests.
Rodríguez v. Google and Another
A landmark 2014 ruling in Argentina on the liability of internet search-engine operators is likely to influence courts elsewhere in the region.